Friday

I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.

~Ezekiel 11:19~

 

 

 

I don’t plan to turn this site into a daily weather report, but know we can possibly have some bad weather in the next few days.  Stay alert.  Pray for all the people who will be affected by this front moving through our area.

 

 

 

Mrs. Annaliese Neal – Corrected information.  Mrs. Annaliese was taken to Hood Hospital for tests and released to go home.

 

 

 

Donna Fay Miller is now a patient at Ochsner  on O’Neal in Baton Rouge.  Please add her to your prayer list.

 

 

 

Buddy Bel, Amite’s mayor, fell night before last and is now hospitalized at North Oaks with a concussion.  Please pray for him.

 

 

 

Larry Bankston is doing better and may be released from North Oaks to go home Saturday or Sunday.  Pray for him to continue to improve.

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – December 10th

  • Genesis 23:1-24:51
  • Matthew 8:1-17
  • Psalm 9:13-20
  • Proverbs 3:1-6

 

 

It’s beginning to look a lot like . . . Operation Christmas Child!  David and I missed out on so much last year when he was not healthy, but are making up for lost time this year.  We have had some good help already this year.  If you have a couple of hours to give, please let us know.  We’ll plan to meet with you and work together.  If you are available to shop, check the list on the bulletin and happy shopping.  Thanks to those of you who shopped the first week and already turned in some items.  I pray this is our best year of shoeboxes ever!   Last year’s 415 boxes X 7 people each one influences = 2,905 people who had an opportunity to learn about and grow to love Jesus.  The possibility for more people being influenced is up to each of us!

 

 

Quote from Andy Stanley:

“You have no idea the number of people that God may want to influence through you.”

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday

I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them;

I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.

~Ezekiel 11:19~

 

 

 

 

First, let me tell you I gave you the wrong number for David‘s blood level this week.  It was 8.5, which is still strong compared to where he has been in the last year.  We are so amazed at the improvements we have seen in his health and thank God.

 

 

 

Ferrie Gene Blackmon‘s surgery Monday went well.  So did Katie Brabham‘s surgery yesterday.  Keep these two ladies in your prayers as they heal.

 

 

 

Kristi Alford in trying a new treatment because the previous one was not helping.  Remember to pray for Kristi and her family.

 

 

 

Freddy Bales is undergoing cancer treatment in Hammond.  Pray for him and his family as they make adjustments in their daily routine.

 

 

 

Annalyce Neal was involved in a traffic accident with a garbage truck yesterday.  The report I heard was that she is now in North Oaks.

 

 

 

Our daughter and granddaughter have spent the last week preparing their European home for them to move.  Today, they will sell many of their possessions and all their furniture.  Pray for energy as they complete their task and return to the states.

 

 

 

Christian Ratliff, 13 year old son of Scott and Jodi Ratliff, is hospitalized at OLOL with meningitis.  Please pray for all involved in his care.

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – January 9

  • Genesis 20:1-22:24
  • Matthew 7:15-29
  • Psalm 9:1-12
  • Proverbs 2:16-22

 

 

 

There will be several showers at church in the next month.  Be excited for newlyweds and new babies.

 

 

 

Check on a friend you haven’t seen or heard from lately.  They may need your encouragement.

Anna Lee

 

Wednesday

“People who promise things they never give

are like clouds and wind that bring no rain.”

 ~Proverbs 25:14 GNT~

 

 

 

Please add Larry Bankston of Roseland to your prayer list.  He is in ICU at North Oaks.

 

 

 

David‘s blood level was 9.1 yesterday.  He got his Procrit injection and is lined up for another one last week.  That number is lower than it has been in recent weeks, but higher than it was for many months.  David surprised another nurse practitioner who saw him in the hallway.  She was shocked to see him with a cane, not a walker!  God has been so good to us!  Thanks for your many prayers.

 

 

 

Read the Bible – Day 8 of 2020

  • Genesis 18:16 – 19:38
  • Matthew 6:25 – 7:14
  • Psalm 8: 1-9
  • Proverbs 8:6-15

OR

https://oneyearbibleonline.com/nltaudio/?nltdt=0108

 

 

 

As we consider the problems in the Middle East today, let us focus on Joshua 1:9.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” NIV

This lets us know that NOW is a good time to pray for our country!

 

 

 

Our trips to Ochsner in Baton Rouge have allowed us to stop and shop some for Operation Christmas Child.  That’s like “taking lemons and making lemonade”!  

 

 

 

Enjoy the change of temperatures today!

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday

“May [God] keep us centered and devoted to him,

following the life path that he has cleared,

watching the signposts,

walking at the pace and rhythms

he laid down for our ancestors.” 

~1 Kings 8:58 The Message~

 

 

 

Read your Bible in 2020 – Day 5 

  • Genesis 11:1 – 13:4
  • Matthew 5: 1-26
  • Psalm 5: 1-12
  • Proverbs 1: 24-28

 

 

Several people have important appointments/procedures next week.  Keep them covered with your prayers.

  • Smiley Conerly
  • Ferrie Gene Blackmon
  • Donald “Red” Alford

 

 

Ida Mae Lindsey Carter

November 30, 1934 – January 03, 2020

Ida Mae Lindsey Carter, a resident of Kentwood, passed away on Friday, January 3, 2020 at North Oaks Medical Center in Hammond. She was born November 30, 1934 in Kentwood and was 85 years old. She is survived by her sisters, Margaret Cutrer, Thelma Guillory, Betty Howell and husband, James “Buddy” Howell, and Virgie Slaven; aunt, Pearline Smith; and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, Louella and William Lindsey, II; husband, Daniel Leroy Carter; sisters, Geneva Wall and husband, Daniel Wall; Viola Bennett, Bessie Travis, and Tempee Williams; brother, William Lindsey, III, and wife, Mae; and numerous aunts and uncles; nieces, Sharon Howell, Barbara Jean Lindsey, and Chrissie Garner; nephew, Clarence Lindsey; great-niece, Melissa Ricks; great-nephews, Sidney Ricks, Jr. and Hunter McGregor. The family would like to thank Tommy Simmons, Kentwood Fire Department and the staff at North Oaks Medical Center for their help during this time. Visitation will be at McKneely Funeral Home, Kentwood, from 9:00AM until religious services at 11:00AM on Monday, January 6, 2020. Services conducted by Rev. David Cutrer. Interment will follow in Woodland Cemetery, Kentwood. For an online guestbook, visit http://www.mckneelys.com.

 

 

Week one of our Operation Christmas Child focus is changing into week two.  I trust you have/will donate money or the suggested item for your class/age group.  You have all month to contribute as the Lord leads you.  Don’t try to reach for a certain number.  Just do what God leads you to do.  It’s not about us!  It’s about the recipients of the shoeboxes and their introduction to Jesus.  How important is that to you?  This is one way we can all be missionaries!  I’m thankful to say that David is feeling stronger now and has been helping me shop and open packages for OCC.  We both love this opportunity and make it a twelve month per year project at our house.  Get involved and get excited!  Think of the children and their families who will be impacted by out “shoeboxes”!

 

 

 

Have a great Lord’s Day! 

“May [God] keep us centered….”

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday

“May [God] keep us centered and devoted to him, following the life path that he has cleared, watching the signposts, walking at the pace and rhythms he laid down for our ancestors.”

~1 Kings 8:58 The Message~

 

 

 

Daily Bible Readings for Saturday, January 4

  • Genesis 5:1 – 10: 32
  • Matthew 4: 12-25
  • Psalm 4: 1-8
  • Proverbs 1:20-23

 

 

 

A large number of people at FBC, Kentwood picked up a daily Bible reading guide.  There were only a couple left yesterday, so more were printed and are now available.  I’m thankful that many are interested in reading together this year.  Let’s keep it up for the entire year.  If you miss a day, just read extra the next day.  If you didn’t start yet, it’s not too late,  You can get a copy of the plan Sunday and make Sunday day one or read a little extra each day for about a week and be caught up by this time next week.  It doesn’t even matter if you choose to read at a slower pace as long as you choose to read your Bible.  Remember, extra copies are available at church for those who didn’t get one yet.

 

 

 

My sister, Julie, and I worked on cutting and sewing the cutest wash cloths I have ever seen yesterday.  We made 182 before running out of fabric.  I’ll be purchasing more soon.  Who would want a plain wash cloth when they can have a colorful one with dogs, balls, etc.?  We also made them in varying sizes for the three different age groups.  I think they will be a big hit!  We will be working again in two weeks to make more so we will have enough for all the “shoeboxes” we pack. 

I also was able to make a number of matching games yesterday.  I didn’t get a count yet.  I love the idea of  working together to make items that will lead to boys and girls learn about Jesus.  Isn’t it wonderful how God can use simple things like washcloths, games, tooth brushes, school supplies, and even soap to help introduce children around the world to Jesus?   Remember, each “shoebox” impacts and average of seven lives for Jesus!

You can be a part of this ministry too.  Let me know how you want to contribute – items, shopping time, labor, funds.   I will also be happy to show any of you our project/storage room.  It will bring a smile to your face.  I know it did for my sister yesterday.  It is very rewarding to us to realize the eternal value of this mission project.

Please be in prayer for this ministry of Samaritan’s Purse.  It has grown so much and now reaches out to more and more people each year.  It’s easy and very rewarding to be a tiny part of sharing Jesus with others.  If you know of anyone who needs help getting started packing “shoeboxes”, I will be glad to help them get started.

https://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child/

Bro. Joe Baugh has a saying he uses to encourage people to get involved.  It goes something like this: “If you are not excited about ________. your firewood must be wet!”

 

 

I love telling others about Jesus.  Our mission is to go and tell.  I think “shoeboxes” do an excellent joy of giving us an unlimited opportunity to go and to tell.

Anna Lee

 

 

 

Friday

It’s smart to be patient.” 

~Proverbs 14:29 CEV~

 

 

 

Donald “Red” Alford is home again after spending several more days in St. Tammany.  His oncology visit has been postponed for a couple weeks.  Please pray for Donald and his family as they make adjustments at home for him.

God Is Using a Small Texas Church to Bless Many Thousands of Children

https://www.samaritanspurse.org/article/god-is-using-a-small-texas-church-to-bless-many-thousands-of-children/?utm_source=OCCFacebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=m_YOCC-20SM&utm_content=010220_link_ARTICLE_brumbelows&fbclid=IwAR2NtVE4ERoPjsbkQFxFTEu2qQpqBI-b70DE7kRfmuSrpAi1aBkdteqOA50

 

 

 

 

 

The Greatest Journey

https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/tgj-game-app/?utm_source=OCCFacebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=m_YOCC-20SM&utm_content=10220_link_APP_greatest-journey-announcement&fbclid=IwAR28h1EI0sPRVXx8CbxnjjZCEvzVHWQnmYHJ4GFQqPW6zg4e54MnuVfP69A

 

 

 

Read the Bible in 2020 – Day 3

  • Genesis 5:1 – 7: 24
  • Matthew 3: 7 – 4: 11
  • Psalm 3: 1-8
  • Proverbs 1: 10-19

 

I pulled out an old Bible to use for my readings this year and purchased some fine-point colored pins to underline, circle, star, etc.  That method keeps me fully involved in reading and learning.

 

 

 

David and I shopped briefly yesterday and found some 2019 calendars.  I will cut the pictures and place them inside the cover of the shoeboxes.  If you are capable of cutting and gluing paper, let me know when you are available to help.  Today, my sister and I are planning to make washcloths for all the shoeboxes.  I’m looking forward to our work today.

 

 

It’s smart to be patient.” 

~Proverbs 14:29 CEV~

How are you wisely and patiently using your time for others?

Anna Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1-1-20

“When you make a promise to God,

keep it as quickly as possible.” 

~Ecclesiastes 5:4 GNT~

 

 

 

Mrs. Barbara Gill is doing well.  She’s still in Our Lady of the Lake and looking ahead to some time in rehab.  Keep remembering her in your prayers, please.

 

 

 

Pray for Sharon Phillips.  She is in St. Tammany and expecting to have pacemaker surgery tomorrow.

 

 

 

Your prayers for “Little Adrian” Strickland will be appreciated.  He has been moved from McComb to Children’s Hospital of New Orleans.  Join the family in praying for this little guy.

 

 

 

Elizabeth Carol New

December 21, 1945 – December 28, 2019

Elizabeth Carol New passed away on Saturday December 28, 2019 at the age of 74.  She was born and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana and was a graduate of Kentwood High School class of 1963.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Lucille “Bootsie” New,  and her sister and brother-in-law, Flora Lee and Jules Hatcher.
She is survived by her niece, Julee Hatcher, and her daughter and granddaughter, Madison McDonald and Lucille VanMieghem, all of Lafayette, La, as well as her nephew, Jeff Hatcher, his wife, Julia Hatcher and their children, J.C. Hatcher and Eliza Hatcher, all of Badger, Iowa.
Also left to cherish her memory is her friend, Michelle Forrest, and her children and grandchildren, without whom “Libba Carol” would have been lost.  Michelle provided so much beyond just friendship and love and our family is forever grateful.
As it was her wish to be cremated, no funeral services will be planned at this time.  A celebration of Carol’s life will be held at a later date.

New Orleans’ Baptist Friendship House Marks 75 Years

http://www.bpnews.net/54110/new-orleans-baptist-friendship-house-marks-75-years?fbclid=IwAR2zIIRxT7vfSH4FOcCf2SehQzQN_QdK_QYCZNu_KfToH3ILJEMkclFsELg

 “If you have all that you need and see someone else in need and do not reach out to them, how can the love of God be in you? Let us not love merely through words and tongue but in action and in truth,” I John 3:17-18

 

Today, we begin a new round of “Read Your Bible Through this Year”.  It doesn’t matter whether or not you were successful in the past.  I have completed a full year and failed to complete a full year.  Do your best to read each day!  Remember, you can get a copy of this plan when the FBC, Kentwood office opens in the morning or Sunday at regular services.
January 1
  • Genesis 1:1 – 2:25
  • Matthew 1:1 – 2: 12
  • Psalm 1: 1 – 6
  • Proverbs 1: 1-6

 

 

We don’t know what 2020 holds for us, but we do know who holds our hand as we travel through this new year.  He will be 100% faithful to us!  Let’s do our best to remain faithful to Him.

Anna Lee